High-Fiber Diets in Youth May Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted on February 1, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Numerous studies have looked at the role diet and nutrition play in the development of cancer. Some studies tout antioxidants as a preventative dietary measure, while other studies point out foods that may increase cancer risks. Fiber has been a target of several studies relating it to breast cancer risk factors, and until now these studies have been non-significant.

A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health took a different approach to looking at fiber’s role in breast cancer risk. The study, published in Pediatrics, looked at data from 90,534 women who participated in a dietary questionnaire from 1991 to 1998. The research focused mainly on the eating habits of the women when they were in high school.

The study found that the women who had high fiber intakes during adolescence had a 12 to 19 percent overall lower breast cancer risk compared to women with lower fiber intake. Every additional 10 grams of fiber consumed daily during early adulthood was linked to a 13 percent lower breast cancer risk overall. The team believes the link between fiber and breast cancer comes from fiber’s ability to reduce high estrogen levels in the blood.

Researchers have commonly cited dietary fiber, found in many fruits and vegetables, as a beneficial nutrient for warding off disease and keeping a healthy body. Fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges (when eaten whole) have three to four grams of fiber. High-fiber vegetables include carrots, beets, broccoli, and spinach.

Breast Cancer is the Second Most Prevalent Cancer among Women

The American Society estimates that in 2016, doctors will diagnose more than 200,000 women with breast cancer. If you can no longer work and earn a substantial income, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The Disability Help Group is here to assist with filing or appealing a disability benefits decision. Contact us online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!